SWKS COVID-19 UPDATE

By The Telegram staff
The Finney County Health Department is located at 919 Zerr Rd. It is the location now for the county's mass COVID-19 vaccination site.

Finney County added three new positive confirmed COVID-19 cases with an overall total of 6,055 as of Thursday, with an increase to 23 active positive cases being monitored.

Of the Finney County cases, there are two individuals currently hospitalized as of Thursday, and there has been a total to 49 deaths.  A total of 11,511 cases have tested negative for COVID-19. There are six cases pending as of Thursday. The positivity rate for this week has increased to nine percent.

The Finney County Health Department has announced that COVID-19 vaccines are now available to any person who lives or works in Kansas, 18 years of age and older.  As of Monday, 16,838 vaccines have been given. This number includes second-dose vaccines.

At this time, vaccinations at the Finney County site are only for those who live or work in Finney County, according to the Finney County Health Department.  The FCHD has set up an online COVID-19 Resource Hub for Finney County at:  

https://finney-county-coronavirus-response-finneycountygis.hub.arcgis.com

SOUTHWEST KANSAS NUMBERS

Ford County saw three new positive confirmed additional cases, with an overall total to 5,750 as of Friday. Seward County added zero positive cases to its total of 3,864.  Scott County increased by seven cases as of Friday for an overall total of 596.  Grant and Lane Counties each added one case for totals of 842 and 127, respectively.  Morton County also added one case for a total of 257.  Numbers in other southwest Kansas counties remained constant through Friday.

Here’s a look at the overall totals of positive confirmed COVID-19 cases, listed by the KDHE, as of 12:30 p.m. on Friday.

Finney - 6,055

Ford -  5,750

Grant -  942

Gray -  564

Greeley - 104

Hamilton -  202

Haskell  -  419

Kearny  -  568

Lane  -  121

Meade -  513

Morton -  257

Scott  -  596

Seward -  3,864

Stanton -  184

Stevens -  558

Wichita Co. - 216

The state of Kansas has over 310,500 confirmed positive cases as of Friday.

The Finney County Health Department recommends practicing preventative actions such as social distancing, washing your hands regularly, and wearing a cloth face mask when in spaces where social distancing is difficult.

Call Finney County’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Hotline, at (620) 272-3600 , 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, if you have recently traveled to a known infected area, have had exposure to someone who has COVID-19, or are experiencing mild to severe respiratory illness, including fever, chills, headache, sore throat, lower respiratory illness (cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing), loss of taste or smell.